Speaker's press aide quits after misleading journalists

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Mike Granatt, the press officer for Commons speaker Michael Martin, has resigned after he inadvertently misled journalists about the office’s expenses.

Granatt admitted he had not told reporters the truth about £4,000 worth of taxi bills for shopping trips that had been claimed on expenses.

“I had been led to mislead journalists over material facts,” Granatt said last night. “The statement was approved by people who knew the fact. This arose through no fault of Mr Speaker”.

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